A Real Holiday to Share & a Giveaway! #JCPenneyLatino #RealLatinoHolidays

Disclosure: This is part of a sponsored collaboration with Latina Mom Bloggers and JCPenney. However, all opinions expressed are my own.


 I’m so excited for Thanksgiving later this week.  I’m already preparing the food for all of our family to come together at our house.  Our family does have a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, but we have a few additions that many other families probably don’t.  I do about 95% of the cooking which is a lot of work, but also so rewarding.  I love seeing everyone come together and enjoy a good meal while enjoying each other’s company.  My turkey is special and a tradition…because….it is covered in bacon.  Yes, I know, BACON (that’s my turkey from last year…yep, I went there…you’re drooling).  I think if I tried to make it any other way my family would disown me!  We have the sides, you know, stuffing, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes…all of that, but we also have some traditional New Mexican food.  That’s right, I feel like in New Mexico we have our own class of food.


I will make chile to put on the turkey along with a crock pot full of posole.  While this is traditionally a Christmas food, my family loves it so much, I always make some up to serve to our guests.  I’m also thinking of adding tamales this year.  I mean, they are good any day of the year, but YUM!  I think it would make our Thanksgiving more…well, us.

We’re just a few days away…I think it’s time for me to get to work!


Another tradition we have is our elf, Tucker coming to visit after Thanksgiving.  Diego asks for Tucker all year ’round.  It’s his best friend.  He was SO sad when Tucker left back to the North Pole last year.  I can’t wait to see what crazy things Tucker gets into this year!  😉  He’s always making such a mess in the house!

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  1. Melissa says

    I am also Hispanic. PR, I know you would have never guessed. We also have a traditional Thanksgiving but we also incorporate some of our traditional PR dishes. I personally don’t eat turkey, therefore a pernil (pork shoulder) is added, of course rice and beans, pudin ( rice pudding) for dessert, and sometimes coquito if someone is brave enough to make it. We usually travel every year to NJ and we celebrate with my mom’s side from NYC. I have also traveled to FL to be with my dad’s side.

  2. Diana C says

    My family is from Peru but we have always liked the American Thanksgiving tradition. We get together and have a turkey with all the trimmings.
    Diana C

  3. says

    Oh I guess ours is pretty basic, we always go around the table staying something we each are thankful for, and then have our meal. Everyone in the family brings a dish to share, and mom and dad make the turkey! After dinner we let the kids and grandkids all go outside to play and throw the football around if we dont have too much snow! Just a great time for the whole family to get together and be thankful!

  4. says

    We usually do a big dinner with our family– and make our rounds on years that we’re not hosting. We like to have a ton of food. Usually Thanksgiving weekend we put up our tree!

  5. Audra O'Hara says

    I don’t suppose we have any cultural traditions. I suppose one might be is that men around this area of NC usually go hunting Thanksgiving day. I guess that’s a southern thing.

  6. David says

    We essentially share all of the same basic traditions. There may be nuanced differences in how we celebrate, but generally it is similar.

  7. kim says

    My family is Italian on my side and German on my Husbands. We don’t really have any traditions except for I make some sort of pasta with Thanksgiving Dinner

  8. Janice Cooper says

    We always have Thanksgiving dinner at my grandmothers house and decorate the inside and outside with Christmas decorations after.

  9. June Lisle says

    My family is from New Mexico so we like to have some food with red or green chile in it. This year I made red chile frito pies.

  10. Nancy says

    No, we don’t have any Thanksgiving traditions. We do the turkey and all the sides and just hang out for the day.

  11. Leslie L Stanziani says

    We celebrate in the traditional southern style but my husband’s family cooks Italian style when we go there for any holidays.

  12. Geoff K says

    We have a big Italian family, so we tend to add fish and pasta dishes to our Thanksgiving dinner table each year. The desserts also tend to incorporate Italian influences, such as my mom’s amazing pumpkin tiramisu!

  13. Tabathia B says

    We usually have people bring a cooked dish, play games and we usually have turkey bbq and some type of greens (usually collards)

  14. Beth Palacios says

    We celebrate traditional Thanksgiving, but now that you bring it up…. I feel like I’m missing out on something. 😉

  15. Vikki Billings says

    Our Thanksgiving is traditional, we all do our own things on Thanksgiving and we all get together on Christmas.

  16. Michelle Tucker says

    Half of my family is swedish, so sometimes they go for the fish dish. I can’t stand it, but it’s tradition, so we do it.


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